Scotland’s independent schools have blasted plans for them to start paying business rates, saying they “make no sense”.
The Robert Gordon University’s new principal was immediately thrust into the centre of a fresh row last night after a leading trade union branded his appointment an example of “jobs for the boys”.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson is facing demands to outline how he will resolve a dispute that has delayed the introduction of cheaper fares on ferries to Orkney.
Whisky producers should face extra taxes in an independent Scotland in order to boost the public purse, a leading economist has said.
Concerns have been raised about a drop in the number of “bobbies on the beat” in the north-east after new figures showed the region lost 27 police officers in a year.
Campaigners have urged the Scottish Government to act on bed blocking after figures revealed it has risen by 10% in a year.
Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken of the “iconic importance” of Scotch whisky as she vowed to fight to safeguard vital protections for the sector.
A failure to agree on the future of special protections for famous goods such as Scotch whisky and Stornoway black pudding could be holding up the UK’s Brexit deal.
Free bus passes for over-60s have been spared the axe – and the scheme will now be extended to cover family members accompanying a disabled child.
Furious teachers from the north and north-east have told Scottish ministers that controversial Primary 1 tests are “cruel nonsense” and “completely inappropriate”.
The population of the north-east fell last year after more than 20,000 people moved away and far fewer arrived to make the region their home.
The Scottish Government has again been forced to deny that it is plotting to merge health boards covering Grampian, Tayside and the Highlands and islands.
Crisis-cash applications are still growing in the north-east - but the number of struggling families seeking emergency grants fell in the Highlands and Moray last year.
Shock new figures show that ambulance crews are failing to meet their target response time in almost 40% of “life threatening” call-outs in the north and north-east.
Too many young people in care are “falling through the cracks” when they reach adulthood, research will warn.
MPs have told the UK and Scottish governments to stop bickering over broadband provision and get on with delivering investment.
Major projects worth a combined total of £1.5 billion are currently delayed or running over budget in the north and north-east, it has emerged.
Concerns have been raised after it emerged an average of almost five people are injured every day in mental health units in the north and north-east.
A Labour frontbencher has claimed that north Sutherland was chosen to host the UK’s first spaceport because it is “close” to Tory seats – despite the nearest being 100-miles away.
Business leaders have welcomed a partial climbdown on plans which were expected to lead to the closure of hundreds of cash machines in Scotland.
A new poll has found a rise in support for the SNP and predicted the party would win back many of the seats it lost at last year’s UK general election.
A new poll has found that support for Scottish independence has risen above the 2014 level – but most people do not want another vote this year.
The Scottish Government has denied claims that a £200 million rail upgrade in the north-east has been abandoned – and revealed the plans could progress within weeks.
Safety fears mean paramedics are unable to attend emergencies at hundreds of north and north-east homes without police protection.
A north-east Conservative MP has predicted that his party will be “screwed” at the next UK election unless Theresa May changes her new Brexit proposals.
Lobbying row MSP Peter Chapman attempted to contact Aberdeenshire Council officials to discuss a planning application lodged by a business he had invested in.
The UK Government has been urged to carry out a review into giving Scotland powers over immigration policy to avoid a return to the “dark days” of depopulation.
NHS Highland has admitted it experienced a “challenging” year caring for stroke patients after a drop in performance against key targets.
Social care workers in Scotland who could face an “uncertain” future because of Brexit, with the greatest impact likely to be felt in the north east.
A new blueprint has been unveiled to overhaul the way referendums are organised and funded in the UK.
One Highlands and Islands MSP will travel over 2,000 miles as he undertakes a “summer surgery tour” to meet constituents and businesses.
Since the ministerial reshuffle last week, comments I made in blog posts from more than a decade ago have been the subject of much discussion.